David Bowie 1972-05-06 London – Live At The Kingston Polytechnics –
Sound Quality Rating
101. Hang Onto Yourself.flac
102. Ziggy Stardust.flac
103. The Supermen.flac
104. Queen Bitch.flac
105. Song For Bob Dylan.flac
108. Five Years.flac
109. Space Oddity.flac
110. Andy Warhol.flac
212. I Feel Free.flac
213. Moonage Daydream.flac
214. White Light White Heat.flac
215. I Gotta Get A Job.flac
216. Suffragette City.flac
217. Rock ‘N Roll Suicide.flac
218. Waiting For The Man.flac
Label: No label
Audio Source: audience
Total running time: 1:18:22
Sound Quality: noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Note:From 2 Bootleg LP’s: David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars Live at Kingston Polytechnic Vol 1 & Vol 2
The transfer was made from my original Bootleg LP’s which I bought in the early 80’s.
There are numerous versions of this show on several trackers from various gens of the original tape. Some of them are remasters and all of them have quite an amount of hiss.
The sound of most of these versions is very good and some of them have the initial announcemnet of Bowie before the band starts. This is not here on the bootleg version.
I think that the bootleg (at least Vol. 1) was made of a very low gen of the recording if not the master tape as the sound is one of the best of all versions which are around.
The sound of Vol 2 is slightly worse and the question is why. Was it made from a higher gen of the tape?
Nevertheless I found it worth to upload this version mostly because of the really good sound of Vol 1 even if there are some noises coming from the pressing of the LP’s which I couldn’t eliminate.
I transferred it as 96 kHz 24 bit to give it the most possible quality.
Scans of the covers are attached.
What has to be noted is that I Feel Free is listed on the front cover of Vol 1 but is on Vol 2 of the 2 LP set.
The JSD Band attended to The Part Of The Programme Leading up to Bowie and his men’s appearance . ”I’M David Bowie,These coult be the Spiders from Mars ,but this is some our music” Bowie says ,coming on stage.The audience are fairly calm and there spells of silince in between the numbers. The majority of the audience knew little or nothing of Bowie ,but ,when Space Oddity begins , they recognise it and start applauding.
During the lift-off they must laugh: for Bowie tries to imitate with his mouth the sound of a rocket taking off ,but all he produces is some muttering! The performace of the song Space Oddity is beautyful with Mike Ronson taking the second voice .’Thank you very much for coming . I want to say that I don’t think we’ve ever worked with a better group .I think the JSD Band are fantasic, I really do. this is a song by a French composer” ,Bowie says, and continues with Amsterdam. Then comes I Feel Free ,the old Crean number written by Keith Brown. I dare say the lengthy intrumental part played in this song sounds very much like that of Width Of A Circle ! The audience clap along with the first part of the song ,and when it is finished Bowie introduces The Spiders to the audiece . After Moonage Daydream comes White Light,White Heat ,which Bowie announces with the words: “We shall continue with a number by somebody I admire very much ,an American songwriter called Lou Reed”. “Thank you this is one from the album we’ve been doing most of the material tonight ,it’s called Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars ,and this is called Rock & Roll Suicide” Bowie says when he is called back by the enthused audience. “show me your hands!” he sings ,and afther this the audience are even more frantic ,and clapping their hands ,yelling ,and stamping their feet ,they finally succeed in calling Bowie back a second time.
“When his banjo we’ll do one more for you tonight. It’s a Lou Reed number called Waiting For The Man ..”
The early 1972 Spiders shows tended to be wilder and more energetic than the 1973 shows. The costume changes, lighting cues and choreographed moves of the 1973 shows rather compromised spontaneity. Kingston Poly was a very spontaneous physical performance. If you can get hold of the tiny bit of footage from Aylesbury Friars in 1972 you’ll see what I mean.
There was an absolutely deranged young woman in the audience. She had short blonde hair and I think, if memory serves me well, was wearing hot pants. It was of course Angie Bowie. She was wild! At one point she was raised aloft on someone’s lucky shoulders and goading David and the band to even greater heights. I’m pretty sure that at one point David leapt into the audience to join her. During Suffragette City maybe? It was a long time ago… Angie had been a student at Kingston Polytechnic apparently and this was a special gig for her. Mick Ronson set his Gold Les Paul to maximum feedback and passed it into the audience too. Probably during Moonage Daydream but I can’t be sure. As I say, a wild show. Setlist was pretty standard except for the inclusion of Get A Job and maybe Song For Bob Dylan. Might be wrong about the second one though.